January 7th 2019
Ferrari F1 Team Principal Maurizio Arrivabene To Be Replaced, According To Report
Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport has reported that Team Principal Maurizio Arrivabene (on the right in photo) will no longer lead the Ferrari F1 team, with Technical Director Mattia Binotto (left in photo) drafted in to replace him.
It is believed there were tensions between Arrivabene and Binotto last season and these grew as Ferrari's title challenge evaporated. The chances of a leadership change increased when John Elkann took over as Ferrari president, following Sergio Marchionne’s death.
Binotto has risen through the Ferrari ranks over the last two decades with many crediting the Italian team’s power unit gains to him, after he took over as power unit Chief Operating Officer ahead of 2015.
The reports come after Ferrari again lost out to Mercedes in the battle for both drivers’ and constructors’ championships last year, despite having the best package on the grid for the opening half of the season.
Ferrari lost their way with development after the summer break, allowing Mercedes to pull clear in the constructors' race and Lewis Hamilton to beat Sebastian Vettel to clinch a fifth drivers' crown.